Comic(s) Relief: Star Trek/Planet Of The Apes Crossover Is A Thing That’s Happening

Will they make a monkey out of Kirk?

By David Wharton | Updated

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ApesWhile the Star Trek universe has kept to itself on the movie and TV screens, things have gotten a bit more crazy when it comes to the comic books. I remember reading a Star Trek/X-Men crossover series back in the ’90s that was just…odd. More recently, the Assimilation2 mini-series saw the Next Generation crew teaming up with the Matt Smith-era Doctor to foil the plots of a nefarious Borg/Cybermen scheme. And back in 2011 things got really freaking weird during IDW’s Infestation crossover event, which roped the original Enterprise crew into an adventure with the Ghostbusters, the Transformers, and G.I. Joe. (I didn’t say it was a good adventure…) Well, things are about to get surreal once again, because IDW Publishing and Boom! Studios have just announced that the Original Series crew will be dealing with some damn dirty apes in an upcoming comics mini-series entitled Star Trek: Planet of the Apes – The Primate Directive.

And really, they should just call it quits right there. They’ve peaked with the brilliance of “The Primate Directive” — it can only go downhill from here. But I’m sure somebody’s already started drawing the damn thing, so we’ll just have to soldier on. And in case you were wondering, this will be a purely old-school affair: The Primate Directive will see James Kirk and company encountering Charlton Heston’s wayward astronaut George Taylor, not to mention a bunch of simians straight out of the classic Planet of the Apes movies. Sorry, Caesar: mo-capped monkeys need not apply.

There’s no word on a release date yet, but here’s the press release for the series, which will no doubt be full-on bananas. Ooh-ooh, ahh ahh.

Planet of the Apes and Star Trek are groundbreaking science-fiction properties and both deal with many of the same social issues and themes,’ says Greg Goldstein, IDW President & Chief Operating Officer. ‘A crossover between the two is a natural and long overdue.’

‘Before I could read comic books as a child, I could watch science fiction on my television. My dad used to wake me up way past my bedtime to watch Star Trek in syndication — it came on after the nightly news — and I took a Planet of the Apes lunchbox with me to kindergarten every day,’ says BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie. ‘Suffice to say, teaming up these two titans of science fiction on the page in a way that they probably will never meet each other on the silver screen is a huge moment for me personally and emotionally.’

The creative team will be a mix of proven experience and new blood with scripts by beloved Star Trek scribes Scott and David Tipton (Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation 2) and interior art and covers by the British newcomer Rachael Stott. ‘With the Klingons secretly backing a renegade gorilla general in a coup for control of Ape City, Captain Kirk finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having to help out Dr. Zaius’ orangutans,’ explains David Tipton. ‘Taylor won’t be happy with that!’

‘What an epic pairing! I’m so excited to see Taylor, Kirk…and those damned dirty apes…in our upcoming comic,’ says IDW editor Sarah Gaydos, ‘We’re eager to team up these exciting creative forces to bring this to life.’


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